UUCM Men’s Workshop 2019

How Do the Arts Help Us on Our Life Journey?

Come, join us to explore this topic at the UUCM Men’s Workshop for 2019

When: Saturday morning, November 23rd, 2019. 8:30 AM coffee, interactive presentations from 9 AM to  12 Noon.
Who: Open to all those over 18 who identify as men
Where: At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka
Registration: A suggested registration of $10 will be collected at the event.

Bring your stories; share how the arts help guide your journey.  

Helping us explore this topic will be two experienced practitioners and teachers in the creative arts.

J.P. (Jay) White, poet, author and educator, will explore the topic

Daily Practice & Creative Flow
“How can we make space in each day for the unexpected to find us curious about something other than our assumptions?  How we can use poets, philosophers and preachers to challenge and inspire us? How we can stay awake in our lives when the temptation is always to sleep upon what we already know?  I’d like to talk about these questions and others and share with you the ways that I go about my daily practice in order to engage the creative flow.”

Paul Winchester, composer, performer, conductor, educator will present:

Composing One’s Thoughts
“As the world around us becomes increasingly more complex and notions of masculinity and manhood are put under more and more examination and criticism, it can become easy to fall into a trap of a binary “right and wrong” or “good men and bad men,” leading to feelings of guilt, exhaustion, or defensiveness. In the field of music composition, we are taught to abandon the idea of something being a correct or incorrect answer or idea and rather to creatively explore the ways in which an idea can be transformed into its best and most effective version – and to understand that any idea can be worked on and improved.”

Paul continues, “What lessons are there to be learned from the artistic process of a composer for how we lean into life? How could we transform our work, our relationships with others and ourselves if we changed our mindset from trying to avoid the negative to exploring how we could incrementally and transformatively compose ourselves, not into something that is “correct,” but into the best, most considered version of who we are?”

About our presenters…

J.P. White has published essays, fiction, reviews, interviews and poetry in over a hundred publications including The Nation, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Gettysburg Review, The Sewanee Review, The Georgia Review, APR, Parnassus, The American Journal of Poetry, NAR, and Poetry (Chicago). His fifth book of poems, All Good Water, from Holy Cow! Press was published in 2010.  His debut novel, EVERY BOAT TURNS SOUTH was published in the fall of 2009.  He has taught poetry workshops at numerous colleges and universities.

Paul Winchester is a composer, performer, conductor, educator, and producer in Minneapolis, MN. With a passion for wide varieties of music, Paul is constantly stretching his own boundaries and those of his audience with new pieces, performances, and recordings. As a composer, Paul’s work has been performed by The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, the Syracuse University Singers, the Wooster Chorus, the Wooster Symphony, From Age to Age, and numerous church and school choirs. As a performer, Paul’s work spans from studio work as a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, vocalist, and auxiliary string player, to classical choral singing with and providing intimate and engaging individual performances for parties and ceremonies, both on his own and through Lyrical Legacy, LLC. Paul operates Winchester Music Studio out of his home in Minneapolis. Examples of his work can be found at paulwinchester.com.

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